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10196NAT Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance

This year-long intensive and practical course gives students the skills to perform live and on screen. During the course students learn how to collaborate with others to develop and create original works for stage and screen.

Training is practical, with classes in acting techniques for both live and screen work, performance styles and production practices. The course puts you centre stage and in front of the camera, giving you the tools to develop your own stories for stage and screen.

Students learn about the multiplicity of roles, technologies and methodologies that exist within the theatre, film, TV and the digital industries.

The course is taught by NIDA staff and leading tutors from the entertainment arts industry. At the end of the course, students present a live and filmed showcase of their work in one of the NIDA Theatres attended by entertainment industry practitioners, producers and agents.

Applications to study at NIDA in 2021 will open on Monday 6 July.

Express interest for 2021

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About the course

Course dates and times 

2020 Course dates

In 2020 the course will be delivered at our Sydney campus. Duration of the course is 3 February 2020 – 4 December 2020, with an extended break between April and July due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Classes are scheduled 4 days per week, 9am–5pm.

Term 1

Monday 3 February–Thursday 9 April

Term 2

Monday 13 July – Friday 18 September

Term 3

Monday 28 September – Friday 4 December

The scheduling and delivery of this course each year is subject to minimum enrolment numbers.

Course overview


The course 10196NAT Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance comprises the following units of competency:

  • CUAIND402 Provide Freelance Services
  • CUAACT401 Use a Range of Acting Techniques in Performance
  • CUAMPF602 Manage Stagecraft Aspects of Performance
  • CUAPPR502 Develop Own Sustainable Professional Practice
  • CUAPRF503 Prepare for Performances in a Competitive Environment
  • CUAWHS501 Maintain a High Level of Fitness for Performance
  • DSSASC501 Apply Storytelling Conventions
  • DSSUPP502 Use Performance Practices to Develop a Production
  • DSSDWS503 Devise Works for Stage
  • DSSDWS504 Devise Works for Screen
  • DSSDAT505 Develop Acting Techniques for Screen
  • DSSADE506 Apply Design Elements for Stage
  • DSSADE507 Apply Design Elements for Screen
  • DSSUTP508 Use Technology in Performance

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

This vocational course provides students with knowledge and skills to perform the following functions associated with the entertainment arts:

  • Performer, able to interpret scripts; build, present and sustain characters; and collaborate with others to create live performance, screen and media productions.
  • Deviser, able to originate and develop characters, situations and stories for live performance, screen and media productions.

Admission criteria

Essential requirements for admission

Admission criteria

Applicants seeking admission must:

  • Have reached the age of 18 before the commencement of the course
  • Have completed their Higher School Certificate or equivalent; ATAR is not required
  • Demonstrate a high level of practical ability, potential and motivation at the interview or audition
  • Complete the interview/audition requirements for the course

Essential requirements

We select applicants who:

  • Demonstrate skills in acting
  • Exhibit a capacity to collaborate 
  • Communicate effectively 
  • Respond to direction and feedback



The 10196NAT Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance is only open to domestic students.

Domestic students are Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens.

Tuition fees for 2020 for 10196NAT Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance

2020 Full course fee: $16,425

Schedule of VET tuition fees 2020

Further financial information

VET Student Loans

NIDA is an approved VET Student Loans provider.

Enrolled vocational students can defer part of their fees using VET Student Loans (Australian citizens and permanent residents only). A 20% loan fee applies to VET Student Loans. The amount of the VET Student Loans provided for a part of a course or unit, plus the VET Student Loan fee of 20% is referred to as the VETSL Debt. More information regarding VET Students Loans can be found here;


VETSL Debt repayments are generally made after the student commences full time employment, repayment amounts are taken out of their pay by the Australian tax system. Students can make voluntary repayments at any time to reduce their balance; payments are made directly to the Australian Tax Office.

More information about paying back your VETSL Debt can be found here;



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Financial assistance

Eligible students, who are Australian residents, can apply to Centrelink for financial assistance through Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY. Visit Centrelink or call 132 490 for more information.

NIDA is registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) under the National Vocational Education and Regulator Act 2011 to deliver Vocational Education and Training (VET) services. NIDA is a NVR Registered Training Organisation (RTO): ID number 90349.

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How to apply

How to apply

There are six steps to successfully applying for a NIDA course:


New Applicants: Create your application account here. You will be sent an automatic email with your log in details to continue your application.

Returning 2019 applicants: If your email address already exists in the application system you will not be able to create a new account . Please follow the link below to reset your password, use your email address as your User Login ID. Reset your password here.


Log in, select the green ‘New Application’ button and complete the online form.


Upload the following documentation to the online form:

  • A passport style photograph (less than six months old, in colour, well lit, plain background).
  • Proof of identification (e.g. passport, driver’s licence, birth certificate; ID must show your date of birth).
  • Evidence of your most recent qualification (e.g. school report, Higher School Certificate, university transcript or testamur).


Make payment of the AUD$75 administration fee by credit/debit card.This is a
non-refundable fee


Book your audition date in your nearest capital city.


Attend your audition in person. Auditions will take place in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

Prepare for your audition by reading the information below.

Audition/Interview dates


  • Thursday 7 November 2019 (audition timeslot is now full, sessions are still available in Sydney and Melbourne)


  • Monday 25 November 2019
  • Tuesday 26 November 2019
  • Wednesday 27 November 2019
  • Thursday 28 November 2019
  • Friday 29 November 2019


  • Monday 2 December 2019
  • Tuesday 3 December 2019
  • Wednesday 4 December 2019
  • Thursday 5 December 2019

Callback Dates

  • Brisbane – Thursday 7 November 2019
  • Melbourne – Thursday 5 December 2019
  • Sydney – Monday 9 December 2019 or Tuesday 10 December 2019

Audition/Interview requirements

Applicants must attend an audition/interview session.

When you book an interview:

  • Provide us with an outline of your previous experience and training.

You will need to prepare:

  • One short monologue from a contemporary play of approximately two minutes in length. You may choose an Australian or an international play.

NIDA encourages applications from students from diverse backgrounds, with different levels of experience in the entertainment industry.

Due to the volume of auditions carried out, we are unable to provide you with individual feedback. The decision of the audition panel is final.

It is not possible to defer an offer of a place at NIDA.

Audition/Interview process

At the interview, you will:

  • Present your prepared monologue.
  • Participate in collaborative tasks, including group improvisation.

If you are invited to a recall audition, you will:

  • Potentially perform your monologue again.
  • Discuss your previous training and performance experience.
  • Recalls may occur on another day or involve additional preparation, you will be provided with information regarding recalls at the audition if successful.

If we are able to offer you a place on the course, we will contact you in mid-December via phone and email.

Tips for the day

  • Wear suitable clothing – any casual clothing that does not limit movement is acceptable


As a graduate of the 10196NAT Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance you have the performance skills and theory knowledge to be employed in a range of industries, including television, film, theatre and radio.

Potential careers
  • Performer for stage and screen
  • Writer or creator for stage and screen

See NIDA's list of Alumni.

Further info

If you have any further questions about the application process, please contact:

Email: vocational@nida.edu.au

Phone: +61 (02) 9697 7516


Vocational applications
215 Anzac Parade
Kensington NSW 2033

Further information regarding NIDA's vocational training products can be found at Training.gov.au

Read more about NIDA's Executive Director Pathways and Partnerships Mark Gaal

NIDA is registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to deliver Vocational Education and Training (VET) services. RTO (Registered Training Organisation) code: 90349

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